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Lobuje Peak Expedition 20 Days

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This itinerary offers the opportunity to capture the most beautiful sceneries from Gokyo Peak, Cho-La Pass, Everest Kalapathar and Lobuje Peak. Lobuje Peak is one of the most preferred 6000 metres peaks climbed by most of the Everest climbers for their acclimatisation

Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people into the Everest National Park, with an area of 1,148 square kilometres with an average elevation ranging 2,845 to 8,848, the summit of Mount Everest. The name of the district Solukhumbu comes after Solu, the lower part from Monjo, and Khumbu, the upper part from Monjo. The northern part of Everest, dividing from its summit, falls into Tibet and protected under the Qomolangma National Nature Reserve. The Everest National Park is bordered with Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys, to the east and Gaurishanker National Park to the west, into the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology.

The central park area is the ancient settlement area of Sherpa people and remained undisturbed by outsiders and even by the central government for centuries. Tourists entered in 1960, and the National park was established in 1976 and became the first national park of Nepal in 1979. Into this national park, there are various established trekking routes, and one can optionally take a scenic walk of a less than a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La and are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.

Most of the villages into the Everest National Park are the primitive settlements of Sherpa people. The history relates far to pre-Buddhist time in China and Tibet. It prospers following the development of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet in the early 8th century. The Sherpas are followers of Mahayana Buddhism and one of the leading followers of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padma Samvaba), the 8th-century Buddhist saint and founder of the Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.

The trail leading to the north of Thame, crossing over the World famous Nangpa-La pass, is the main pass from which the Sherpas migrated in the current domain from their ancestral land at Kham, one of the most prominent regions in Tibet around eight hundred years ago. They discovered Solu Khumbu while seeking a refuge to escape war and religious persecution. Since then they continued to live in the region in peace and harmony. Their living, Buddhist practise, and the beautiful mountains attracted many spiritual travellers, trekkers and mountaineers, and it continues. The famous trans-Himalayan trail via Nangpa-La linked cultural and trans-Himalayan business, between Nepal and Tibet, for centuries and believed being in use since and far before the migration of the Sherpas. The Sherpas first settled themselves in the current Junbeshi, in Solu area, and later dispersed in various parts of Solu, Khumbu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Rolwaling, Hyelambu, Sikkim and Bhutan.

In this region, there are various established trekking routes and one can optionally take a scenic walk of a week to three weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filed hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La, which are also known as the three passes of Everest Region.

The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations. The Peekye Trek is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible with options of taking a scenic walk of less than a week to two weeks.

This itinerary offers the opportunity to capture the most beautiful sceneries from Gokyo Peak, Cho-La Pass, Everest Kalapathar and Lobuje Peak. Lobuje Peak is one of the most preferred 6000 metres peaks climbed by most of the Everest climbers for their acclimatisation.

Lobuje Peak, with a height of 6,090 metres above sea level, is the most preferred trekking peak climbed during an Everest Base Camp trek or in an Everest Acclimatising Climb. The Lobuje Peak base camp is situated in a small valley between Dzongla and Lobuche in a small valley facing southeast. The usual route to the Lobuje Peak high camp and summit goes up a small valley continuing up from the base camp.

The Lobuje Peak climbing starts very early in the morning with a packed lunch. The first Phase of climbing is a rock scramble and steep snow slopes up to 6,000 metres, which many refer to as the summit of Lobuje East. However, the actual summit is much further with far harder climbing. Both summits give stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Cholhatse, Tawoche and other major peaks of Khumbu Himal. The Lobuje mountain has two summits, East and West, with heights of 6,119 metres and 6,145 metres. A continuous ridge connects them, but West Summit requires descending and climbing a steep slope to the summit. The Lobuje East Peak is referred to as a trekking peak and the Lobuje west an Expedition Peak.

Trip Highlights

  • See the rows of World's highest mountains from your hand reaching distance
  • Visit the villages with Sherpa people and experience their culture, religion and life
  • Visit the Gokyo, a worldly know valley for its natural beauty.
  • Cross the Cho La pass
  • See the two largest glacier system of Everest Region and enjoy seeing several beautiful mountain lakes.
  • See the Everest from its nearest viewpoint, Kalapathar, in its full majesty
  • Climb the Lobuche Peak, the Everest climbers favourite peak for acclimatization and view.
  • Experience a life time trekking In the Everest region in the shortest period.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 20 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: a comfortable tourist vehicle
  • Trek starting point: Lukla
  • Trek ending point: Lukla
  • A domestic flight out: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Both way flight)
  • Highest elevation achievement: 6,119 metres Lobuche Peak
  • Accommodation:Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Tea-house Lodge on full board basis on the trek
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients on trek and Expedition meals while in Chulu West Expedition.
  • Trip Grade: Moderate to Challending
  • Best season to Trek: from the first week of March to end of May and from first week of October to mid of December.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / DOLE (4,084M)

DAY 6: DOLE / MACHHERMO (4,465M)

DAY 7: MACHERMO / GOKYO (4,750M)

Day 8: EXCURSION TO GOKYO-RI (5,483M) / TREK TO TRAGNAK (4,690M)

DAY 9: TRAGNAG / CHOLA PASS (5,420M) / DZONGLA (4,596M)

DAY 10: DZONGLA TO LOBOCHE PEAK BC (4,930m)

DAY 11: CLIMB TO HIGH CAMP (5,400m.)

DAY 12: ASCENT OF LOBUJE PEAK

DAY 13: LOBUJE BC / LOBUCHE (4,930M) / GORAKSHEP (5,200M)

DAY 14: EXCURSION TO KALAPATHAR (5,545M) / LOBOCHE (4,940M) / DINGBOCHE

DAY 15: DINGBOCHE / PANGBOCHE (39,85m.) / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)

DAY 16: TENGBOCHE (3,867m.) / NAMCHE / JORSALLE

Day 17: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

DAY 18: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

DAY 19: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 20: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

GOKYO VALLEY+EVEREST KALAPATHAR WITH LOBUCHE PEAK

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.

• Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)

Early in the morning, at 03:00 a.m., we take a drive of 132 kilometres in 4-hours to Manthali Airport, to the east of Kathmandu, to board the domestic flight to Lukla. The Airport, at an altitude of 474m, is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley and is the district headquarters of Ramechhap district. From where it is a 15-minute short flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff. After a short tour of Lukla village, we'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we'll lodge for the night.

• Estimated duration is 40-minutes flight and 3h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley".

Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, it is forbidden to kill any animals so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy.

• Estimated duration is 5h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

This day, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum.

Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the world surrounding us from all directions.

Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the world, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam, 6,812m., described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers.

Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.

• Estimated duration is 2h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / DOLE (4,084M)

The trek starts with magnificent views of Amadablam and Thamserku. The trail exits east and then begin a direct climb, till Mongla, through a narrow gully on the cliff, which brings us above a barren hill with fantastic panoramas toward Tengboche and Everest. A hilltop called Mongla with some house is a small resting place on a hill ridge with exceptional views of Phortse village, Tengboche monastery and lower valley, and the summits of the Khantega and Thamserku. Then the trail descends to Phortse Tenga, where we will meet the river that follows from Gokyo valley, a paradise valley to marvel at up to Gokyo. A gentle climb from Phortse Tenga offers a startling view of the tip of Mt. Cho-Oyu, which rests like a smiling baby. The path then enters summer pastureland. Huge mountains surround the entire valley. Our destination, Dole, is a beautiful place with an enchanting view of Mt. Amadablam.

• Estimated duration is 5h. trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 6: DOLE / MACHHERMO (4,465M)

The trail leads up a gentle incline and along an open ridge. It offers stunning views of the mountains including Kang Thega, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Tawu Che, Cho Lhatse and Macchermo Che. Machhermo lies watching over a small valley, which looks out east onto a fine panorama.

• Estimated duration is 3h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 7: MACHERMO / GOKYO (4,750M)

The trail first passes along a cliff and crosses a rushing glacial river. Finally, we reach the first lake of Gokyo; one can often see colourful mountain ducks paddling on it and enjoying the harmony of the serene valley. Then it's on to the second and third lakes of Gokyo. Gokyo itself is a most impressive place of blue lakes, dazzling views of giant mountains and a breath-taking glacier.
• Estimated duration is 2h 30m trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 8: EXCURSION TO GOKYO-RI (5,483M) / TREK TO TRAGNAK (4,690M)

The base of the Gokyo peak is reached in five minutes walk from the stream that feeds the Gokyo Lake. After an hour steady and panoramic going up, one reaches the summit of Gokyo Peak. Your effort to achieve this summit will be rewarded with Everest (8848m), showing more of its northern flank than from Kalapatthar, Makalu (8475m) further to the east and Cho Oyu (8153m), just in hand reaching distance. After spending a wonderful break at the summit, taking the essential photograph or whatever one wishes, return to Gokyo for a hearty breakfast.

Then we continue a short trek to Tragnak. This day provides the opportunity to walk over the glacial drift of Gokyo - an unbelievable experience. The small campsite, used to shelter livestock in the summer, is located under a huge cliff with some teahouses.

• Estimated duration is 2h for Gokyo Peak + 1h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 9: TRAGNAG / CHOLA PASS (5,420M) / DZONGLA (4,596M)

We start trekking early in the morning since we'll have to cross Cho La (5,420m). The first phase of the walk climbs through a narrow gorge towered over by the Tragnak cliff. After half an hour, a small hidden valley slowly opens up and reveals a beautiful mountain meadow. From it up to Cho-La does not take long. The middle phase of the climbing to Cho-La require a traverse, and in some section, there are possibilities of falling small stones, so the climbing helmet is the must. The pass affords a stunning view of the Everest in the east and Gokyo valley in the west. We descend slowly to Dzongla for the night. The going down is very beautiful with the views of Dzongla Meadow, Lobuche Peak, Amadablma, Pheriche valley and finally imposing a view of Cho-Lhatse towering the Dzongla. Dzongla itself is another beautiful place with great views in all direction.

• Estimated duration is 7h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 10: DZONGLA TO LOBOCHE PEAK BC (4,930m)

The trail to Laboche Peak Base Camp is a short walk, 45 minutes, with beautiful views of Mount Amadablam and Pheriche Valley. The base camp situates in a small valley opening to the south, which provides fantastic views and a warm place to camp. We reach camp to meet with our cook and kitchen crews and spend an excellent rest day and prepare for next days climbing up to high Camp.

• Estimated duration is 30 minutes trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in the tented camp.

DAY 11: CLIMB TO HIGH CAMP (5,400m.)

Today we shift our camp to high camp of Lobuche Peak, which is situated high above a rocky ridge. The route to high camp climbs up a grassy gully continuing above the base camp. After setting high camp, we continue the climb and fix ropes on some section and descend to high camp, which will also help for better acclimatization and save time for rope fixing for tomorrow.

• Estimated duration is 2 hours trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in the tented camp.

DAY 12: ASCENT OF LOBUJE PEAK

Lobuje Peak, with a height of 6,090 metres above sea level, is the most preferred trekking peak climbed during an Everest Base Camp trek or in an Everest Acclimatising Climb. The Lobuje Peak base camp is situated in a small valley between Dzongla and Lobuche in a small valley facing southeast. The usual route to the Lobuje Peak high camp and summit goes up a small valley continuing up from the base camp.

The Lobuje Peak climbing starts very early in the morning with a packed lunch. The first Phase of climbing is a rock scramble and steep snow slopes up to 6,000 metres, which many refer to as the summit of Lobuje East. However, the actual summit is much further with far harder climbing. Both summits give stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Cholhatse, Tawoche and other major peaks of Khumbu Himal. The Lobuje mountain has two summits, East and West, with heights of 6,119 metres and 6,145 metres. A continuous ridge connects them, but West Summit requires descending and climbing a steep slope to the summit. The Lobuje East Peak is referred to as a trekking peak and the Lobuje west an Expedition Peak.

After the ascent, we directly descend till Base Camp, where our kitchen crews will be waiting for us with some recharging hot items.

• Estimated duration is 8 hours.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in the tented camp.

DAY 13: LOBUJE BC / LOBUCHE (4,930M) / GORAKSHEP (5,200M)

Today we trek to Lobuche and then to Gorakshep. The trail to Laboche is easy and offers fine panoramas of the Ama Dablam and Cholatse mountains and Pheriche valleys. Labuche is situated at the rim of Khumbu glacier and contains some lodges. From Labuche we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Chantse. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further 3-hour walk brings us to Everest Base Camp (5,350m), and in one hour on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest location.

Arrive at Gorakshep and check into a lodge. The rest of the day is free to rest and enjoy the magnificent views around.
• Estimated duration is 4h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 14: EXCURSION TO KALAPATHAR (5,545M) / LOBOCHE (4,940M) / DINGBOCHE

Early in the morning, we start 40 minutes' excursion to reach the famed viewpoint or the Kalopathar peak ("black rock" in the Nepali language). The views from there are indescribable, with Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and many more all forming a magnificent panorama of 360º., perhaps the greatest spectacle enjoyed on Earth from such a nearest distance. After an essential photographing and admirations of achievement, we return to Gorakshep, to our Lodge, for a hearty breakfast.

From Gorakshep, the trail goes down to Dingboche. There is an excellent view of Pheriche valley, Amadablam and Kangthega, Tawoche and Tso Lhatse, the village of Pheriche and Dingboche and the Chhukung valley.

Dingboche is the last largest village in the Chhukung Valley. It is a small but beautiful town with a view of Amadablam and Chhukung.

• Estimated duration is 6h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 15: DINGBOCHE / PANGBOCHE (39,85m.) / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)

The trail gradually traverses to Pangboche, an ancient village with a monastery. The views toward Everest, Amadablam and Chhukung valley are awe-inspiring, sheer and wide. After 20 minutes down to from Pangboche, we cross the river and traverse to Diboche, a convent surrounded by a primitive forest. Then it is on to Tengboche, a beautiful place with a monastery with 360-degree panorama including Everest and imposing Amadablam, Tawoche, Khumbila, Kwangde, Kangthega.

Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the region's most spectacular and essential festivals, the Mani Rimdu.

• Estimated duration is 4h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 16: TENGBOCHE (3,867m.) / NAMCHE / JORSALLE

From Tengboche, the trail goes down to Pungi Tenga, which lies at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi River and the river that flows from Gokyo. After two hours of gentle climbing, we arrive at Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche.

From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in altitude.

• Estimated duration is 5hrs trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

Day 17: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

From Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days' trek and one-day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest Base Camp!

• Estimated duration is a 5-6h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 18: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU

We'll board an early morning flight to Manthali and take a 4 hours' drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive at Kathmandu at around 14:00 hour. The rest of the day is free.

• Breakfast
• Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 19: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

A free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant in Kathmandu.

• Breakfast
• Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 20: DEPARTURE

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your Hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.

• Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
1 Person 3266$ 3274$ 3340$
2 - 3 Persons 2621$ 2674$ 2740$
4 - 5 Persons 2342$ 2395$ 2461$
6 - 7 Persons 2241$ 2294$ 2360$
8- 9 Persons 2205$ 2258$ 2324$
10- 11 Persons 2151$ 2204$ 2270$
12- 15 Persons 2038$ 2091$ 2157$
Single room supplement 140$ 158$ 224$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu / Manthali / Kathmandu transportation by a private vehicle
  • Manthali to Lukla and Manthali Airfare (Tax included)
  • Trekking period on full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
  • 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
  • A Climbing mountain guide for Lobuche Peak.
  • Tents, cooking utensils, all food, climbing rope and fix rope, and other technical equipment to climb Lobuche Peak.
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff.
  • Lobuche Peak climbing permit.
  • Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits.
  • A Trekking Map in the group.
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if one requires)
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if one requires)
  • A small Medical kit box for first add medical purpose.
  • National Park entry and other regional permits
  • A mall medical kit box for first aid purpose.
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
Best months to take this itinerary is from the second week of March to the end of May and from the first week of October to the mid of November. However, this itinerary could be also taken in summer season and find the region in a beautiful setting of nature.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to its long daylight period. In term of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around the mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather get developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with high speed of wind could affect the climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition in this season may get a sheer joy of climbing virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Amadablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Tukche Peak, Tawoche etc. are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in the autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,700 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Lobuje Basecamp and High Camp, we sleep in two-men-domed -tents on a sharing basis. You get a single tent if you have signed for a single occupancy basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of climbing equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there is a range of options to choose from. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during trekking and climbing?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue, and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 6000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket.

The main kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at Lobuje Basecamp and High Camp?
Our mobile cook and kitchen boys prepare a rich set of a detailed meal with lots of energy-filled quantity food for climbing period + unlimited tea/coffee, hot chocolates, hot milk, and other supplementary drinks. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accepts US Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably, in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while in a trip.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Manthali, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Manthali and Lukla, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. We use the guides trained and recognised by Nepal mountaineerings Association and having climbed the peak several times before. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gears, and there are some of the branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution.

The document required after your arrival is a copy of your insurance, contact number/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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